North Carolina’s “paper classes”

The North Carolina academic scandal that’s unfolding makes what the Harricks did look like small potatoes.

The academic fraud in the university’s African-American studies department was first revealed three years ago. But a new investigation shows that the fake classes were even more common than previously thought, and that athletes in particular benefited from the classes, in some cases at the behest of their academic counselors. Previous investigations had found no ties to campus athletics.

On campus, the fake classes, which at least 3,100 students took, were hardly a secret. They were particularly popular with athletes, who made up about half of enrollments. Nearly a quarter of students who took the classes were football and basketball players. And the classes made a difference: good grades that students didn’t have to work for made more than 80 eligible to graduate who otherwise would have flunked out.

The big question, of course, is what the NCAA intends to do about it.  This situation cuts at the core of what the NCAA likes to proclaim is what collegiate athletics is supposed to be about.  In that sense, it’s a far more troubling problem than what Mark Emmert rushed to deal with at Penn State.

The early indication appears to be that there won’t be a rush to judgment.

There is a lot of gray area for the NCAA to work through.  The parties directly responsible for managing the fake classes aren’t facing criminal charges and cooperated with the investigation.  But the report clearly points fingers at the two.  The trickier part the NCAA will have to navigate is that while there was widespread knowledge throughout the campus of what was going on with these classes, the report does not directly implicate higher-ups.  As the New York Times puts it,

Although the report found no evidence that high-level university officials knew about the fake classes, it faulted the university for missing numerous warning signs over many years.

Deciding who gets to skate and how much institutional blame is merited is where the NCAA is going to spend most of its time in review of the situation.

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What’s worse than using college players’ likenesses for financial gain?

Using them for political gain.

That violates NCAA rules, but I’m not exactly sure whom the NCAA can punish.  I bet if Prewitt and Love were threatened with suspension over it, heads would roll, though.


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The Georgia Bulldog Club of Jacksonville…

… is, per its website, “America’s Largest Bulldog Club”.

If you’re down their way for the Cocktail Party, they’re hosting a meeting Thursday, October 30.  Social hour starts at 5:30PM (yes, there’s a cash bar, what kind of Bulldog Club meeting would it be without one?) and the formalities begin at 6:30.  Admission is free.

Speakers include Loran Smith, Eric Zeier and some blogger dude who writes at a place called Get The Picture.

Come on by if you’re in the neighborhood.


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In case you were wondering…

I’d worry about Georgia facing a running quarterback, except isn’t that what Driskel is, too?  That seems to have worked out okay.


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Bill Connelly’s updated conference projections

As you can imagine, they’re a lot more fun to read after the Arkansas game.

  • Georgia is the only team in the East with better than a 50% chance to go 7-1 in the conference.
  • Bill now has Georgia listed as a favorite in all of its remaining SEC matches, including Auburn.  (He assigns Florida a 2.6% chance of winning in Jax.)

The number that really jumps out at me is that he projects Ole Miss to have better than a 50% chance to run the table.  Out of the SEC West.  Wow.


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Taking stock at mid-season

Seth Emerson’s got a good post up picking the good and the bad to this point.

I’d probably cheat and give the offensive MVP jointly to Gurley/Chubb (Gurubb?  Churley?).  And it’s weird to say, but right now my defensive MVP is Damian Swann.

Check out his list and give me your picks.


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Gurley free?

The process started off well, suffered a glitch in the middle, but, hopefully we’ll soon be able to say all’s well that ends well.

“I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support,” Gurley said.  “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made, and I can’t thank the University, my coaches, and teammates enough for supporting me throughout this process.  I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates.”

So are we.


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